Panic Buying Leaves Supermarket Shelves Empty in Taiwan Amid COVID-19 Spike

The Taiwanese government increased the Epidemic Warning Level to Level Three following the recent jump in new COVID-19 cases, on May 19.

Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Center announced 275 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in Taiwan on May 19.

Hung-Cheng Li went to his local supermarket, PX Mart, and
filmed a video that shows mostly empty shelves, on May 17. Local media reported that residents were stockpiling instant noodles, canned food, toilet paper, disinfectants and masks on May 13.

Li told Storyful that he believed Taiwanese people were panic buying supplies as they feared the Epidemic Warning Level would rise again to Level Four. Credit: Hung-Cheng Li via Storyful

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